Like many charitable organisations who provide face-to-face services to the community, the Maya Centre has had to make significant changes to the way we operate amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Following guidance from central government last year, we closed our central office to reduce social contact and transferred all of our one-to-one counselling services to the […]
The Maya Centre — Where Talk Enables Change
A community-based charity providing a free counselling service in Islington for women who have experienced mental health issues which may stem from trauma including domestic violence, physical abuse or sexual abuse in childhood, war and conflict as well as harmful practices.
Supporting women since 1984
Established in 1984, the Maya Centre works with women in Islington and the surrounding boroughs who find it difficult to access the kind of long-term counselling and support they need.
They may be homeless, fleeing a violent partner or at risk of neglecting or harming their children. Often their distress has its roots in the past. Our talking therapy can help women to come to terms with what has happened to them and break out of the cycle of abuse and social and economic disadvantage.
Over the past year, the Covid-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges both for people and society. At the same time, it has thrust pre-existing health inequalities into sharp relief. Research over the past year has consistently shown that minority ethnic communities are disproportionately bearing the brunt of the pandemic. During the first wave of the […]
Over the past two weeks, the death of Londoner Sarah Everard has sparked an outpouring of grief and anger over the issue of violence by men against women, and frustration at the lack of progress by the state to ensure the safety of women both on the streets and in their homes. Statistics not only […]
The Maya Centre is committed to providing free counselling for women without access to mainstream therapy options. As a small charity we appreciate your help, whether it’s by donating, volunteering at our offices, or holding an event. We are most grateful to those local people and organisations who generously support our charity, enabling us to give a lifeline to some of the most disadvantaged women in London. How to donate »
“ I was able to talk without judgement, my therapist helped me to recognise my feelings and identify with past issues that were impacting my current behaviour in a negative way. ”
“ I feel safe here, I feel listened to, I feel understood, I feel like I’m working on myself and progressing in my life, I’m really grateful for all that. ”